Malema trends over jobs for foreigners remarks: #PutSouthAfricansFirst

Malema trends over jobs for foreigners remarks: #PutSouthAfricansFirst

- The Economic Freedom Fighters have vowed to ensure a 60% quota of South African workers is in place nationwide

- With the nation currently experiencing an unemployment crisis, this comment has backfired immensely

- #PutSouthAfricansFirst has gone viral as citizens respond to Julius Malema's comments

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Economic Freedom Fighter leader Julius Malema has drawn the ire of South Africans after his press briefing on Monday.

The notion that only 60% of a companies workforce should be South African citizens has riled numerous people amid the current job crisis.

Many felt that the EFF was so intent on focusing on the rights of foreign nationals in the country that the plight facing locals has lost its importance.

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Malema's comments on foreign nationals working in SA has raised more than a few eyebrows. Image: Twitter/ @EFFSouthAfrica
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The handle #PutSouthAfricans first went viral just hours after Malema's address, with citizens voicing their immense disapproval.

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Take a look at just a few reactions from social media below:

@lupenique- "EFF just made themselves unpopular especially on job-hungry South Africans."
@Maps_pj- "100% Employment of South Africans, nothing less."
@4saDavy- "Which country in Africa is offering 40% of its Jobs to South Africans? Malema and EFF are stupid. If we have to go to war against EFF and ANC to get jobs in this country, so be it."
@landback_- "We need to open criminal charges against Julius Malema because his 60%-40% employment quotas is not in our laws and is tantamount to him encouraging employers to break the law. Can we get sound legal guidance on this matter from Patriots who are attorneys?"
@MarioKhumalo- "There is no country in Africa that can reserve 40% employment for South Africans, let alone the rest of the world. By now, if South Africans can't tell that they are not a priority, then you should know you are betraying future generations. #PutSouthAfricaFirst"
Malema: EFF will ensure local companies employ 60% South Africans

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that EFF leader Julius Malema has vowed to take nationwide action against companies that have claimed from the UIF and not yet paid out employees.

Speaking during a media briefing in Braamfontein, Malema called upon workers to contact the party and report companies that have been withholding the funding or not paying the UIF itself.

Malema also committed the EFF Labour Desk to conduct nationwide visits to ensure a quota of at least 60% South Africans are employed by businesses:

"The EFF Labour Desk in all parts of South Africa will visit different establishments to ensure that the employment of a minimum 60% South Africans is a reality."

The EFF leader denied that this plan was xenophobic in any way, explaining that:

"This programme is not xenophobic, but aimed at guaranteed protection of all employees in different sectors of the economy..."
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Source: Briefly.co.za

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